A cedar/maple photo diary...

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Jeremy Clark
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A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by Jeremy Clark » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:26 pm

After six months or so of being in the new shop I feel like I can almost come up for air. With all the talk of the new CITES restrictions and "alternative" woods I've seen several really beautiful maple instruments on here lately.

I really enjoy seeing other builders process and wanted to share my little photo diary of one of my latest projects.
It all starts with the initial material selection...western red cedar and maple.
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Here you can see the lamination of my "double back" and "structured sides"...
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I've been playing with this 60º motif for a bit and I sort of like how it's geometry mimics other ideas in my work.
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A glimpse under the hood...
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The top goes on...
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Once the body is all cleaned up I cut the binding rabbets.
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The Honduran rosewood binding nicely frames the maple and clearly defines the shape.
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Carving the neck...
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In "the white"...
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I like the natural colour of the maple but sometimes a little colour brings balance --especially paired with a cedar top.
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The first session of polish on the head...
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I've been using a "hardwax" oil by Osmo to finish my necks for the last couple of years and I really love how it feels. That first coat of finish really highlights the clean crisp edge of the thumbstop...this to me is a very important "line" on an instrument.
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I should have blown off the heel cap here but I wanted to show another line/curve that to me is very important. I want the heel to "flow" into the rest of the neck... and yes that's a bolt, it's an element of the adjustable neck mechanism.
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Starting to get a little bit of a gleam to it...
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Eventually it's time to carve a bridge and start putting it all together.
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Preparing the fingerboard to receive frets...three down seventeen to go...
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Nut/saddle and strings! Sounds like a million bucks --maybe even one point two.
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Thanks for taking a look!
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by RedCliff » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:04 pm

Wow - that is exquisite attention to detail - looks awesome. What is the bridge made of - a composite of some kind?
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Post by Kent » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:12 pm

You know what you're doing!

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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by beanctr » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:15 pm

Nice, very innovative. R
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by martinardo » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:54 pm

Beautiful work. I think that I get the thumb rest and heel curves: both form and function.

I guess the fretboard extension is floating maybe a couple of mills above the top ? I love the

look of the stained maple together with the honduran and the cedar.

Clearly, the new shop has been very beneficial. :wink:
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by Jeremy Clark » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:58 pm

RedCliff wrote:Wow - that is exquisite attention to detail - looks awesome. What is the bridge made of - a composite of some kind?

Thanks RedCliff, that's where they say the devil is...

I generally use walnut for my bridge.
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by Jeremy Clark » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:59 pm

beanctr wrote:Nice, very innovative. R
Thanks beanctr!
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by Jeremy Clark » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:12 pm

martinardo wrote:Beautiful work. I think that I get the thumb rest and heel curves: both form and function.

I guess the fretboard extension is floating maybe a couple of mills above the top ? I love the

look of the stained maple together with the honduran and the cedar.

Clearly, the new shop has been very beneficial. :wink:
Thanks martinardo!

I keep the edge of the thumb stop at the midpoint of the nut slot, trying to maintain absolute playability while supporting the structure. The heel is incredibly low profile with the idea of improving access. Form and function, absolutely!

The fingerboard extension does indeed float over the top...with the adjustment the entire neck pivots at the body joint. It took me a bit to get the colour "right" and I'm still not convinced that it's perfect but I do think it's beautiful and I'm glad you like it.

The new shop is amazing! There have been some big changes and some little changes but it's an inspiring place to be...
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by bacsidoan » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:21 pm

New bracing scheme! How does it compare to the triangular one?

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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by guitarseller345645 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:20 am

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This is very nice...so few guitars with the "reverse" look.
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:43 am

Wow, very beautiful guitar and wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing your expertise with us by sharing these pictures of this so beautiful classical guitar! Thank you.

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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by powderedtoastman » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:04 am

That looks wonderful, I really like the blonde color on that maple. I'd probably slightly prefer spruce on top for looks but I'm definitely curious how this sounds anyway. What's the finish on the body? It looks a bit on the glossy side for French polish, but I guess it's not out of the question.

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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by Doug Ingram » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:05 pm

Looks great, Jeremy! I appreciate not only your attention to detail but how the various choices of what you do with each detail all work together. That is something that too many makers don't do, especially when they are not strictly adhering to the "classic" guitar look.

As you obviously are willing to try new things, I think that you should try and source some good Eastern White Cedar. You are right in the centre of its range, there must be someone who can supply it for you. I've used it on several guitars and it has a lot to offer. In particular, it is a nice choice for light coloured body woods like maple as it has very much the look of Spruce, colour wise.

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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by printer2 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:38 pm

I was debating on how to do the neck joint on the guitar I am building, might go with the bolt outside the body seeing how well you managed it. I can't say any more than the others have said, really nice work.
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Re: A cedar/maple photo diary...

Post by Brian McCombs » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:03 pm

New shop looks like the old shop....far too neat.

Nice looking build....and, far too neat as well. :D

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